South African Airways new Airbus A330-300 begins Washington, DC-Johannesburg route

South African Airways (SAA) has introduced its new Airbus A330-300 wide-body aircraft on the three-times weekly route between Washington, DC Dulles International Airport and Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport via Dakar, Senegal, the airline said.

The new A330-300s offer state-of-the-art technology, are environmentally friendly, and SAA customers enjoy the latest innovations in onboard comfort and amenities. In SAA´s seating configuration, the aircraft has the capacity for a total of 249 passengers, with 46 seats in Premium Business Class and 203 seats in Economy Class. An upgraded Premium Business Class product offers staggered seating in a 1-2-1 configuration, providing every passenger the convenience of direct aisle access.

Beginning in June 2017, SAA will also introduce the A330-300 on its four-weekly flights between Washington, DC, Accra, Ghana, and Johannesburg.

The latest and most advanced model of the Airbus A330-300 offers an increased maximum take-off weight of 242 tons and has an extended range of up to 6,350 nautical miles. This superior combination of payload and range will enable SAA to expand its route network in Africa and beyond. The A330-300 compliments SAA´s existing Airbus fleet of wide-body A340-600, A340-300, A330-200 and narrow-body A319 and A320 aircraft.

South African Airways (SAA) serves over 75 destinations worldwide in partnership with SA Express, Airlink, and its low cost carrier Mango. In North America, SAA operates daily nonstop flights from New York (JFK) and direct flights from Washington D.C. (IAD) via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, and Senegal to Johannesburg.

SAA has partnerships with United Airlines, Air Canada and JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and Virgin America, which offer convenient connections from more than 100 cities in the US and Canada to SAA´s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-Star rating for 14 consecutive years.